How To Choose An Immigration Attorney?
Choosing an immigration lawyer can be a daunting task. You want someone who is proactive, knowledgeable and sympathetic to what you are going through because immigration is a complicated process.
When the time comes to choose an immigration lawyer:Choose an immigration lawyer that specializes exclusively in immigration law and has broad immigration law experience. Immigration law is very complex and is extraordinarily detail intensive. A lawyer who claims to have immigration law experience will not necessarily have the same expertise as one who practices immigration law exclusively. Often, attorneys who practice immigration as well as other fields like corporate law, family law, etc., do not have a great understanding of immigration law as a whole. They most likely have a good understanding of some simple petitions and can help you with standard cases but they do not have the broad immigration law experience or expertise to handle more complicated cases.
Choose an immigration attorney that practices in a multiple lawyer firm. When you hire an attorney, you are not just hiring one person to handle your case; you are effectively hiring a team of legal professionals. The perk of hiring an attorney from a multiple lawyer firm is that your attorney has an immediate pool of additional resources to pull from. No one can be an expert in everything but having a team of talented and experienced lawyers working nearby will allow your attorney to brainstorm and consult with subject-matter experts when the need arises.
Choose an immigration lawyer that is well known and well-respected in the community. Immigration law is a very specialized field and so reputation is everything to an immigration lawyer. Before hiring an immigration lawyer, do your research to make your lawyer is, in fact, a well-respected member of this professional community. Check your lawyer*s credentials to make sure he or she is authorized to practice law (i.e. has passed the Bar) and check your lawyer*s history by researching his or her track record. You can check your local state bar website to research if your attorney has any complaints that have been filed. This is especially good information because immigrants oftentimes do not file complaints * especially if they are out of status. AILA, the American Immigration Lawyer Association, is another good place to check. This is the official professional organization for immigration lawyers and can provide you with recommendations on immigration lawyers in your area. However, membership in AILA does not necessarily speak to a lawyer*s experience or track record. For that, you need to check for client reviews. Avvo.com is a great resource for this. Avvo is an online lawyer directory and features a section for client testimonials. It also highlights very important information such as whether an attorney has had any bar violations. Checking client testimonials from third party sites such as Google or Bing company pages is another good way to research your attorney and the firm you are considering.
What to Expect from Your AttorneyWhen you come in for your first consultation, take note of your attorney*s demeanor with you and also with the rest of the staff. Your attorney should be familiar with the law and be able to answer your questions and concerns directly. The consultation should start soon after you complete any necessary paperwork. Ideally, the firm should feel inviting and professional. Positive relations among staff members and company culture are crucial for establishing this kind of atmosphere. The reason we mention this is because we*ve found that the best law firms tend to have professionals who can easily work together. In our experience, a friendly work environment and a true emphasis on teamwork has added tremendous value for our clients.
After you make the decision to retain an attorney to help you with your immigration matter, your immigration lawyer should be available to answer your questions and explain each step of your process to you. Oftentimes, lawyers rely on paralegals to help manage their cases but even so, your attorney is responsible for your case and is accountable to you every step of the way. At Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, we*ve taken the time to institute the best practices to ensure you*ll receive the attention and results your case deserves. Please take the time to review our attorneys and our firm. We will be happy to speak to you about our track record and consult with you regarding your immigration needs. If you have any questions or if you are ready to start your case, call us today.